Indira Gandhi National Open University will offer vocational training programmes for the youth belonging to the below poverty line (BPL) families in six States from the January session.

The programmes will be conducted through a common service centre (CSC) in each village panchayat office of the States – Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal.

Five vocational training and educational programmes have been identified to begin with: certificate in computer basics, certificate in advanced computing, certificate in job training, certificate in interview etiquette, and diploma in advanced computing.

The certificate programmes are for six months each, while the diploma is for a year.

All programmes will be carried out online from application to certification stages. For this purpose, the process for hiring the services of trained teachers from nearby areas to teach and guide IGNOU students in every village panchayat has begun.

The students who successfully complete the course will be employed in various industries in the East Zone of India.

“Initially, the programmes will be run from a hired house until the construction of the Regional Institute for Vocational Education and Training for East Zone (RIVET-EZ) gets completed and is handed over to IGNOU. For the youth of BPL families in these under-developed tribal areas, the CSCs at village panchayats will ensure an environment both for learning and employment,” said an official release.